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Opinion

  • THE ISSUE:
    Florida redistricting to begin.
    OUR OPINION:
    Keep politics out of it.

    The Florida House and Senate redistricting committees on Monday begin hosting the first round of joint public meetings. The Florida Legislature redraws state and congressional districts every 10 years following the publication of the U.S. Census.
    Members of the public will have several opportunities to make their vision for redistricting known to committee members.

  • By PIERCE KELLEY

    ASK A LAWYER

  • “But this is Florida and we have gators everywhere, so there's no cause for alarm.”

    FWC Investigator
    Jim Smith after learning 17
    alligators escaped from a Citrus County alligator farm and that only nine were accounted for.
            

  • Regarding the article from June 9, citing alleged "illegal road construction in Cedar Key Heights." I would like to correct the following information.
    1. The article stated that SRWMD said I claimed the road was grandfathered in because it was built in 2008. It should have read that the road was platted in 1928 and is considered pre-act, not subject to present-day permitting. The only laws it is subject to are those that were in existence in 1928.

  • Dear Tri-County Area Citizens,
    Through the years, our communities have maintained the long-time tradition of reserving Wednesday nights for purposes of faith. This has been particularly helpful with respect to our youth. Local churches of all denominations have taken this opportunity to instill values of virtue and service in the lives of our young people. These core values are the underpinnings of wholesome family lives and harmonious communities. The tradition has served us well.

  • Special to the Citizen
    Although it was a tough budget year in Tallahassee for the 2011 Legislative Session, small fiscally constrained counties did see some light at the end of the tunnel. 

  • Has the Big Guy upstairs got your attention yet?

    Does a lightening bolt have to smack you in the head to get you started wondering if maybe this Bible stuff with its prophecies is something to worry about?

    Good thing he's a patient kind of guy. Remember Noah and Lot? They got the message just in time. 

    Will you get the message just in time?

    Margaret Keith

    Chiefland

  • On receiving news of the three Veterans being denied road memorials by the Tallahassee politicians, I am not really surprised. 

  •  I’ve had nicotine coursing through my veins for about half my life. And I received a healthy second-hand dose for the other half — when I was a kid — from my parents who smoked anywhere and everywhere. On occasion, my mother would even let me light her cigarettes for her. I think I was about 6, and I don’t think too many people were surprised when I took up the habit as a teenager.

  • Ashley Matthews is now Ashley Drake. That was the easy part. The path that led to that occurrence was more involved, more chaotic, more expensive. I doubt Will and Kate had such raucous nuptials.
    But I’m getting the cart before the horse. Allow me to gee-haw, turn around.
    Almost two weeks ago if you will remember, I went to Beaufort, S.C. to  hold the mother-of-the bride’s hand and to ensure she showed up for the marriage vows of her oldest child.

  • I know the staff around here will mock me, but I'm excited to report that National Flip-Flop Day is Friday, June 17.
    And nooooooo, this is not a day to celebrate politicians who change their minds.
    Mind you, I don't wear flips on the job, but come June 17, I will parade around the office in a brand new pedicure and my special fuzzy, fluffy flips. (I crochet 'em myself.)

  • It's not even 2012 and Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Mitch Daniels have dropped out of the Republican presidential nomination race.
    The wannabes are lining up to take their place.
    Florida has a presidential primary next year and most analysts say the state is in play. Look for the big population areas to get the candidates' attention.
    They won't stop in Levy County to ask for votes.
    But that is changing.

  • It was August 2009 when the city closed the door on the idea of purchasing Christmas lights.
    Vice Mayor Teresa Barron had suggested the city consider buying lights rather than renting. She did a little research and found the manufacturer that supplied the rental company would sell the fixtures that adorn poles along U.S. Highways 27A and 19 for $14,000 with a three-year warranty.
    Barron dreamed big, suggesting the city could buy fixtures for 100 light poles for $23,000.
    The city fathers fretted.

  • Kudos Chiefland City Commissioners.
    Bet they never imagined they'd see that in this space, but it's certainly warranted after commissioners went to bat for one of the best programs in the city.
    Commissioners voted unanimously to waive a $180 rental fee normally charged for use of the Tommy Usher Pineland Center for the College of Central Florida Levy Center to have its GED graduation.
    We think that was a brilliant move and hope the commissioners will waive the fee every time there's a GED graduation until the CF Levy Center builds its campus.

  • J.F. of Williston asks:
    “I bought a new car five years ago. I made every payment on time except for twice, when I was unable to pay.  Once was the month after I lost a job and the other time was when I was sick and unable to work for several weeks and didn’t get paid. On both occasions, I was told I could “defer” those payments until the end of the loan for a small fee.

  • I was impressed with Genevieve Hannah's Letter to the Editor on April 21, about the hospital.
    I support the new hospital in Chiefland as a real necessary project. We should continue signing petitions and mailing them to Frank Schupp and Ameris Health Systems to get us a hospital in Chiefland and our three counties.
    Send all petitions to:
    Frank Schuup
    Ameris Health Systems
    1114 17th. Avenue S.,
    Suite 205
    Nashville, TN 37212       
    Or, fax them to 615-327-0898.